Martin Luther King, Jr. - Minister, Peacemaker and Political Activist

Martin Lurther King, Jr. -
Chester Theological Seminary, Upland

The Crozer Theological Seminary was a multi-denominational religious institution located in Upland, Delaware County. The seminary mostly served as an American Baptist Church School for the training of students for entry into the Baptist Ministries.

Of its many notable students, the most famous was Martin Luther King, Jr. who entered the institution in 1948 and graduated in 1951. King later studied and earned his doctorate at Boston University.

Needless to say, this graduate from the seminary became one of the most celebrated American figures of the 20th century. In 1964, King received the Nobel Prize Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through non-violence. He helped to organize the Selma to Montgomery marches, worked on the issue of housing segregation in Chicago, and expanded his focus to include poverty and the Vietnam War.

King was assassinated in 1968 and posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986.